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1st Lt Alfred G Davis

1st Lt Alfred G Davis

137th Infantry Regiment - Company C

Alfred Gorden Davis Jr, son of Alfred Gorden and Frances Orene (Yeargan) Davis, was born April 6, 1919 in Oxford, Alabama. He registered for the draft on October 16, 1940. His draft record lists him as 6' 1" tall, weighing 150 pounds, with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion. At the time he lived in Talladega, Alabama and worked for Bemis Brothers Bag Company. He was a member of the National Guard and was inducted into the Army on November 25, 1940 at Talladega, Alabama.

1st Lt Alfred G Davis was Commander, Company C, 137th Infantry Regiment. On November 23, 1944, the 1st Battalion including Company C, was advancing on Hilsprich, France. The following is an excerpt from the 137th Infantry Regiment's After Action Report:

"The 1st Battalion encountered stiff resistance in their advance on Hilsprich. The town was well defended with heavy tanks and infantry, and surrounding high ground was bristling with dug-in enemy positions. Six hundred yards west of town the 1st Battalion ran into terrific fire from the German positions, and at 1330, with heavy tanks discovered operating in the town, the Battalion Commander requested that all artillery possible be thrown into the objective. The Germans threw back the first attempt to enter the town, and only after hard fighting and receiving heavy casualties were our forces able to get into the stronghold . . . . The main enemy force withdrew to the east, but shortly before dusk came back into Hilsprich with tanks and inflicted further losses on troops of the battalion there. Breaking into the town at both ends of the main street, the enemy tanks worked toward the center of town, firing point blank on buildings and troops. Company C lost heavily, with twenty-nine missing, including 1st Lieutenant Alfred G. Davis, company commander . . . "

Although first reported Missing in Action, Lieutenant Davis had been seriously wounded and taken prisoner by the enemy. According to his prisoner of war record, he died on November 27, 1944 while being treated at a German aid station. 1st Lt Alfred G Davis is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Talladega, Alabama.

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